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31 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
DriverMax

Drivers, for me, are 'technical ground'. So some advice required please.

First question is, why update a driver which is not (noticeably) giving problems?
Next, how safe is it to do 'recommended' updates?

I just ran DriverMax on my system. Here are the results...
Do I update or not?
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31 Dec 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Hi Irene.. If your drivers are not having a problem, there is no rule that you have to update them.. It is perfectly safe to install "recommended" updates. As far as programs like DriverMax, I avoid them.... if I need to update a driver I always go to the manufacturers website and get the drivers from there...
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31 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Hi Irene.. If your drivers are not having a problem, there is no rule that you have to update them.. It is perfectly safe to install "recommended" updates. As far as programs like DriverMax, I avoid them.... if I need to update a driver I always go to the manufacturers website and get the drivers from there...
Thank you, Tews, for your prompt reply.

I only used DriverMax because I know no better! - I presumed that the updates would be from the manufacturer.
To be honest, I wouldn't know if or when a driver needs updating. I think I will leave well alone.
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31 Dec 2010   #4

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Hi Irene , I agree with Tews , if the PC is fine and you are not having problems leave it as it is , Too many people subscribe to " a new update is out I gotta have it " brigade , some of the drivers I'm using are way out of date , my PC works fine for me so why spoil it !! as Tews states use the manf for updates not the driver finder progs
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31 Dec 2010   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Good idea ... "if it aint broke, don't fix it"..
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31 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
Hi Irene , I agree with Tews , if the PC is fine and you are not having problems leave it as it is , Too many people subscribe to " a new update is out I gotta have it " brigade , some of the drivers I'm using are way out of date , my PC works fine for me so why spoil it !! as Tews states use the manf for updates not the driver finder progs
Thanks, pebbly, will follow both yours and Tews advice.
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31 Dec 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Just a quick personal story. I run independent driver scans just to see what they say. I never download from them. I recently ran 3 such scans and they all told me my Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller driver was outdated. They each offered to install the latest version. I visited the Realtek site but couldn't find this updated driver listed. In fact, the latest driver listed was the one actually installed on my machine. Sent an email to Realtek and they said the driver scan sites were listing a driver for the FE (not GBE) Family Controller.

So I agree with pebbly and Tews. If it ain't broke...
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31 Dec 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Irene View Post
I only used DriverMax because I know no better!
Hi Irene,

But you do know now, don't you? Windows 7 Forums

Regards,
Golden
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31 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So right, thank you. Happy New Year!

I hope that this thread provides as much advice and reassurance to others as it has to me.
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